Driver allegedly dragged deputy 25 feet during traffic stop

Ryan Chase Archer

Credit: Spalding County Sheriff's Office

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Ryan Chase Archer

Credit: Spalding County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Spalding County Sheriff's Office

Authorities have arrested a man they say dragged a Spalding County deputy about 25 feet during a traffic stop Thursday, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

The deputy made the stop on Ga. 16 West regarding a suspicious person/vehicle, spokesman Dwayne Jones said. The driver had outstanding warrants for misdemeanor probation violation and theft by taking.

“The deputy was leaning inside the vehicle in an attempt to remove the suspect,” Jones said.

Earlier today a Spalding deputy initiated a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle and person at the Zetella Express on...

Posted by Spalding County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 15, 2018

The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Ryan Chase Archer,  then drove off with the deputy partially in the vehicle, Jones said.

The deputy, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries and returned to duty, the post said.

Archer was charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer, reckless driving, driving without a license and two counts of obstruction of an officer. He is in the Spalding County jail.

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